We love going to the beach, but our impact is taking a major toll on shorelines, reefs, and ocean communities. To create a positive impact, the WSL commits to leave each beach better than we found it by reducing its event footprint and developing a financial grant program to commit money to local projects and non-profits that are working to safeguard our coasts and protect these habitats. Help #StopTrashingWaves by pledging to commit to the actions below to improve our coasts.
- Leaving every beach better than I found it
- Picking up trash on the trail
- Avoiding walking over dunes and stepping on beachgrass (why: beachgrass helps keep our dunes in place)
- Wearing reef-safe sunblock
- Avoiding stepping on or touching coral reefs
- Respecting the local ecosystem by always staying on pathways (why: following local rules and signage protects sensitive habitats)
- Donating to organizations on the ground working to make a positive impact
We host events all over the world in some of the most beautiful places and with some of the strongest communities on the planet. We know that healthy coasts are better for everyone, but we've also seen the impacts of overuse, development and habitat loss. From trampling over sand dunes, to sunscreen bleaching reefs, wherever we travel, humans leave their mark and our coastal communities are continually feeling this pressure.
In order to protect our one shared ocean, we need to safeguard its surrounding land. Conserving coastal areas protects diverse habitats, home to many endangered species, and other natural resources. Not only does preservation benefit our marine life and ecosystems, but it also has measurable advantages for our coastal communities--protecting them against powerful storms and filtering pollution from runoff.
It's time to make a change as healthy coastal habitats are safer to surf in, contain more abundant wildlife, and help build stronger local economies. There are steps we can all take to make sure no one is picking up after us. By committing to leave every beach better than we found it, we will safeguard our coasts, and partner with local communities to protect every wave we surf. We can all make positive changes on an individual level, and collectively, we can build strong coastal communities that promote responsible tourism, conserve sensitive habitat, and support local economies.
Further your impact and support our partners who are doing amazing work to improve our coastlines.